Top Bridge Regional Park, Parksville - Get Outside + Move your Body!
Outdoor Adventure in Parksville B.C.
Local’s favourite swimming hole: the perfect spot to refresh during the summer time
Petroglyphs can be found on rocks near the Englishman River
Things to do: walking, hiking, swimming, picnicking, mountain biking, running, horseback riding, fishing
Pick up a bottle of cold pressed juice with you before you go, it tastes even better outdoors!
Looking for somewhere to escape that's not too far away from the city? Perhaps you're simply looking for a running route where you can breathe some fresh air and observe natural sceneries while getting fit? That is probably what I love most about Vancouver Island: there's no need to go far away from home to find a spot to get your vital outdoor dose. This small Vancouver Island community counts approximately 11, 997 residents, but don’t be fooled by its small size! Parksville offers numerous natural trail parks where any outdoor lover can enjoy nature at its best.
ReTop Bridge Regional Trail is the one that surely deserves to be highlighted with its superb pedestrian-cyclist suspension bridge spanning the English River. Inaugurated in 1999, Top Bridge Trail is a lively junction of parks and nature conservation areas where visitors often stop to enjoy the view of Englishman River from the suspended bridge. The trail length is about 5 km each way (from Parksville Industrial Park to the Englishman River) and offers a rustic getaway from the urban seaside to a more nature-connected environment. A few slopes going up and down but nothing too serious. Top Bridge Park is also the local’s favourite swimming hole where families and group of friends tend to spend their sunny afternoons’ cooling down and enjoying the fresh water. Top Bridge Park also offers a specialized trail system for mountain bikers in seek of their adrenaline dose. Top Bridge’s best-kept secret is the petroglyphs that, according to local historian, you can find by opening your eyes a tiny bit wider while you’re exploring down by the Englishman River. You could see at least three distinct First Nation carvings on the rocks, so get a little bit closer and pay attention to the amazing nature that surrounds you. And if you have kids and are looking to get them outside during the winter - the bridge and surrounding area make for a fun and adventurers outing! Whether you are looking for a peaceful walk in nature, a stunning running route, a heart pumping mountain bike ride or a chill afternoon exploring Vancouver Island’s historic treasures, Top Bridge Trail in Parksville is the go-to spot.
How to get there:
From Alberni Highway (Hwy 4) off of 19A and take the first left after going under the overpass. Take the first left again on to Allsbrook Road and follow it down to its end. The gated road (open during the day) will take you to a parking lot. From there, follow the main trail to the suspension bridge. Various short trails on either side will also lead you to diverse swimming hole.
For park map or more information : www.rdn.bc.ca
Parksville Cold Pressed Juice + Juice Cleanse
Don’t forget to take a lunch or snack when you leave the house and make sure you always have something on hand for low-energy emergencies. A cold pressed juice is a great snack option which you can just grab and go! It’s light, easily packable and refreshing on a hot day. Each cold pressed juice flavour also contains all the nutrients and vitamins you need to feed your body and soul for a healthy balanced lifestyle. And if you already are on a juice cleanse, a walk in nature is actually a good exercise to combine with your juice cleanse! Light activity like walking or yoga is amazing while cleansing. No excuses- get out there and get the best of your cold-pressed juice or juice cleanse while you enjoy nature. It's true: cold pressed juice always tastes better outdoors.
Good Life Juice is available at Naked Naturals in Parksville and Qualicum Beach